Chris Rock says he regained his “hearing” after being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars.
The comedian made the comment Thursday at the Royal Albert Hall in London during his “Ego Death” tour. Otherwise, he said little about the shocking moment on the show that stemmed from a joke host Rock made about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.
“I’m fine, if anyone was wondering,” Rock said, per UKTN, when he arrived on stage for his first of four live shows. “I got most of my hearing back.”
While the audience hoped he would detail the slap seen around the world, he only offered, “People expect me to talk about the *** bulls. I’m not going to talk about that now. I’ll get there eventually – on Netflix.”
However, later in the show, he commented on it once again – while talking about how easily people get offended these days.
“Anyone who says ‘words hurt’ has never been punched in the face,” said Rock, who declined to press charges against Will.
Rock has once joked, also on stage, that he would only discuss the incident for the money. His siblings and mother all weighed in. Last week, when Dave Chappelle was assaulted onstage by a stranger, Rock, who performed that night, asked, “That was Will Smith?!”
As you all know by now, Best Actor nominee Will stormed the stage during the March 27 show and timed Rock after he cracked a joke that Jada might star in a G.I. Jane after. It was a reference to her shaved head, but Rock didn’t know she had alopecia. After the slap, Will returned to his seat and shouted obscenities at Rock through the Dolby Theater. Making it even weirder, soon after Will won the Oscar for Best Actor for King Richard and received a standing ovation.
For his part, Rock continued his presenting duties while clearly shaken by it all, earning praise from his peers.
Will later apologized, saying he was standing up for his wife, but called his actions “inexcusable”. He has since been banned from the Oscars – and other events hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – for 10 years, and some of his projects have reportedly been postponed.